Winners of ‘Fresh Produce Grower / Supplier of the Year’

Winners of ‘Fresh Produce Grower / Supplier of the Year’

We are delighted to announce Angus Soft fruits were named as the “Fresh Produce Grower/ Supplier of the year” in the prestigious “UK’s Fruit & Vegetable Awards” held on Monday 8th of October in Coventry.

Angus Soft Fruits was recognised for the exceptional growth over the last 3 years, turning over £95 million in 2015 up to £148m in 2017 showing an increase of 56%! Our success & market outperformance comes from collaboration and innovation with customers and producers.

Key objective of increasing the duration of UK season allowing consumers to buy British berries for longer and to mitigate potential impacts to our industry following Brexit. This has been achieved via 25acres of heated tunnels in Scotland and 27-acre glass house production in Somerset, extending our production window by four extra months. Our UK fruit is now available from mid. March all the way through to December!

David Buxcey, Sales Director at Angus Soft Fruits, comented “We are absolutely delighted to have won this award at last night’s ‘UK Fruit & Vegetable Awards’. This win is a reflection of our commitment to producing the highest quality berries for our customers”.

“Angus Soft Fruits has been in business for 25 years this year, and we’re incredibly grateful for the increase in business we’ve won over the last three years. It is a testament to the quality of our fruit and all our growers’ hard work.”

To futureproof our growth, we have introduced new varieties of strawberries and raspberries from our AVA Breeding program, which offers customers and growers point of difference and a quality step change. Our Ava Rosa, Ava Joy, Ava Blush and Ava Star can be found exclusively in retailer premium tiers.

This year Ava Rosa strawberry variety was awarded “Fresh Product Of The Year 2018 “ at Co-op & Scotmid Scottish Supplier Awards. Ava Star, was also recognized as “New Best Edible Crop Variety” at Horticulture Week Business Awards 2018. It has been quite a year!

“Our technical team has between us all, an incredible 145 years of experience in soft fruit, which shows our dedication, depth of knowledge and passion for our crops!” David Cuthbert, Technical and Development Director, ASF